27 February 2013
EADS CEO Enders jumping from the Airbus Military A400M airlifter when he wasn´t so risk-averse
26 February 2013
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23 February 2013
Air France-KLM postpones again the 25 A350 XWB order signature because there is no agreement with Airbus and Rolls Royce yet.
22 February 2013
Another key contributor to the reduced fuel consumption of the A350 XWB installed in the MSN1; winglets..
The A350 XWB winglets have been painted in Toulouse and installed on MSN1, revealing for the first time the full shape of the 32-metre A350 XWB wing.
21 February 2013
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14 February 2013
The Morgan-Botti Lightning Laboratory visualises electrical discharge phenomena using high-voltage tests, computer modelling and simulations. The group use generators capable of delivering current up to 250,000A and 400,000V to simulate the ’worst-case scenario’ direct lightning strikes.
13 February 2013
Rolls-Royce moves the focus of their development team to the A350-1000 engine. After the PDR, the industrial activities are being launched immediately to have the first prototype ready for summer.
12 February 2013
A350 XWB is the first Airbus aicraft which emergency escape hatch for flightcrew is in the flightdeck roof.
11 February 2013
While the financial situation of certain suppliers is tense, Airbus must necessarily consider the equity participation in the capital of undertakings in difficulties.
The aircraft manufacturer has done twice in the past. He has recently rescued Spanish Alestis in a similar way it done with the German PFW, ina a temporary operation.
10 February 2013
Airbus follows the investigation into the 787 Lithium-ion batteries closely and has prepared the back-up plan to change to more traditional Ni-Cd batteries if necessary.
09 February 2013
08 February 2013
- The initial clean room comprises a single production line for the composite lay-up, inclusion of stringers and preparation for curing of all four panel types. The CFRP material is built up on the male mould from the inside out, starting with the innermost layer and ending with the "outer skin". The female mould is then lowered, with the material "sandwiched" in between the two moulds so that everything can be turned around. The male mould is removed and stringers are added on the now freely accessible inner panel side.
- The next section includes a 7m (23ft)-diameter, 11m-long autoclave, which allows to "bake" up to two panels - still on their female moulds - at a maximum temperature of 180°C (356°F) and pressure of 7-8bar (101-116psi) during a 10-hour curing process. The panel is then removed from the mould and freed of the protective foil to prevent adhesion to the mould. Thereafter, the panels enter a combined high-pressure water jet cum five-axis machine tool to trim the edges, cut openings and drill holes.
- The final section houses a buffer zone for production panels, a quality control area with non-destructive testing (NDT) equipment and tools for possible repairs, a paint booth and oven, as well as the final panel assembly with four production lines. The panels are vertically suspended and fixed in metallic crates for protection and to ensure they maintain their shape while being in the buffer zone or being transported. Also, the production stations have been set up for the staff to work on vertically fixed panels for better ergonomics.